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Lake’s demise took business down the drain with it

LAKE DELTON, Wis. - Not a cloud in the sky and the temperature is flirting with 90 degrees. Usually, it doesn't get any better than this for the Tommy Bartlett water ski show.

August 04, 2008 | By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press Writer | National

Mullen worries about troop withdrawal timeline

WASHINGTON - A fixed timetable for withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq could jeopardize political and economic progress, the Pentagon's top military officer said Sunday.

August 04, 2008 | The Associated Press | Washington

Guns ruling spawns challenges by felons

WASHINGTON - Twice convicted of felonies, James Francis Barton Jr. faces charges of violating a federal law barring felons from owning guns after police found seven pistols, three shotguns and five rifles at his home south of Pittsburgh.

August 04, 2008 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer | Washington

Indictment is biggest test for Sudanese leader

KHARTOUM, Sudan - President Omar al-Bashir's indictment on Darfur genocide charges presents the Sudanese leader with the most serious challenge to his 19-year rule, raising questions about his legitimacy that could weaken his grip on power.

August 04, 2008 | By HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Pope wraps up Australia trip with final Mass

SYDNEY, Australia - Pope Benedict XVI ended his farthest pilgrimage Sunday, one intended to inspire a new generation of faithful while trying to overcome a dark chapter for his church from a clerical sex abuse scandal.

August 04, 2008 | By VICTOR L. SIMPSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Ga. Tech students help family grow tomato farm

ATLANTA - The graduate students could have raked in pricey consulting fees, but the Harman family instead brought their favorite form of currency - tomatoes.

August 04, 2008 | By DORIE TURNER Associated Press Writer | National

Nocturnal coyote might be your next-door neighbor

AUGUSTA - Dan Eaton has trapped coyotes in some unlikely places.

August 04, 2008 | BY ROB PAVEY The Augusta Chronicle | National

Drug-related kidnappings on the rise in Gwinnett

ATLANTA - Gwinnett County has seen a rise in drug-related kidnappings this year, fueling fears of increased violence, federal officials say.

August 04, 2008 | The Associated Press | National

‘Dark Knight’ sets weekend record with $155.34M

LOS ANGELES - Batman has sent Spidey packing as king of Hollywood's box-office superheroes.

August 04, 2008 | By DAVID GERMAIN Associated Press Writer | National

Tropical Storm Cristobal brushes NC coast

RALEIGH, N.C. - Tropical Storm Cristobal skirted the North Carolina coast Sunday, dumping heavy rain and churning up rough surf, but so far sparing the seaboard of any severe weather.

August 04, 2008 | By ESTES THOMPSON Associated Press Writer | National

Search team finds no sign of Steve Fossett

CARSON CITY, Nev. - A team of elite athletes and expert mountaineers has ended a weeklong hunt for Steve Fossett, finding no sign of the missing adventurer or his plane but eliminating miles of rugged terrain from areas that still must be searched.

August 04, 2008 | By BRENDAN RILEY Associated Press Writer | National

Obama meets Afghan president Karzai

KABUL, Afghanistan - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged steadfast aid to Afghanistan in talks Sunday with its Western-backed leader and vowed to pursue the war on terror ''with vigor'' if elected, an Afghan official said.

August 04, 2008 | By FISNIK ABRASHI Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008

Woman in W.Pa. baby mystery identified

PITTSBURGH - The woman whose body was found with her uterus cut open and who appeared to have been pregnant has been positively identified as an 18-year-old, the Allegheny County medical examiner said Sunday.

August 04, 2008 | The Associated Press | National

Police Report - July 21

(Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.)

August 04, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report

To avoid Olympic smog, Beijing limits traffic

BEIJING - With the Olympics less than three weeks away, Beijing began restricting car use and limiting factory emissions on Sunday in a final drastic effort to clear its smog-choked skies.

August 04, 2008 | By AUDRA ANG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

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